Image of a Japanese print showing Newly published perspective view: Enjoying cool evening at Edo’s Ryōgoku bridge

Exhibition

Edo in Colour

Prints from Japan’s Metropolis

Coming soon

As the Chester Beatty continues to follow Irish Government guidelines, the opening of this exhibition will be necessarily delayed. New dates will be advertised here when available.

Newly published perspective view: Enjoying cool evening at Edo’s Ryōgoku bridge
Kitagawa Utamaro II
Japan, 1806-1818
CBL J 2522

Actors Bandō Mitsugorō I as Hanbei and Yamashita Kinsaku as Ochiyo
Ippitsusai Bunchō
Japan, 1770
CBL J 2464

New year’s dream from Prosperous flowers of the elegant twelve months
Isoda Koryūsai
Japan, c. 1773
CBL J 2459

Dry goods store Ebisuya
Utagawa Toyokuni
Japan, 1793-1797
CBL J 2571

Visiting the Yoshiwara from Modern sparrows of Edo
Utagawa Kunisada
Japan, 1836-1838
CBL J 2596

Bursting into life as capital of Japan’s ruling shogunate, by the mid-18th century the population of Edo (modern Tokyo) had grown to over one million.

From buskers and teahouse beauties to actors, entertainers, prostitutes and star-crossed lovers, the people of downtown Edo became celebrities of this new metropolis, their image captured in vibrant woodblock prints.

Woodblock prints were an affordable art, printed by the thousand and consumed as fast as fashion demanded. They are also aesthetically rich and technically accomplished. As illustrious artists and shrewd publishers battled for market share, they constructed the city anew on paper.

Featuring one hundred prints and printed books from the Chester Beatty’s renowned collections of Japanese art, Edo in Colour explores how woodblock prints shaped a city’s identity as they crafted its image.

 

Presented with the support of the Japan Foundation and Toshiba International Foundation

Highlights

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  • Image of a Japanese printed book called Picture book of the stage in fans

    Picture book of the stage in fans
    Katsukawa Shunshō and Ippitsusai Bunchō
    Japan, 1770
    CBL J 1644.3

    1 / 12

  • Image of a Japanese print showing Party under wisteria trellis

    Party under wisteria trellis
    Chōbunsai Eishi
    Japan, 1789-1793
    CBL J 2486

    2 / 12

  • Image of a Japanese print showing Kirifuri waterfall, Mount Kurokami, Shimotsuke from the series Tours of waterfalls in various provinces

    Kirifuri waterfall, Mount Kurokami, Shimotsuke from the series Tours of waterfalls in various provinces
    Katsushika Hokusai
    Japan, c. 1833
    CBL J 2760

    3 / 12

  • Image of a Japanese print showing Hinazuru of the Chōjiya house

    Hinazuru of the Chōjiya house
    Kitagawa Utamaro
    Japan, c. 1794
    CBL J 2549

    4 / 12

  • Image of a Japanese print showing Shop of Nishimuraya Yohachi from Colours of the Triple Dawn

    Shop of Nishimuraya Yohachi from Colours of the Triple Dawn
    Torii Kiyonaga
    Japan, 1787
    CBL J 2424

    5 / 12

  • Image of a Japanese print showing Youth holding branch of cherry blossoms

    Youth holding branch of cherry blossoms
    Torii Kiyohiro
    Japan, 1751-1757
    CBL J 2454

    6 / 12

  • Image of a Japanese print showing Memorial portrait of actor Ichikawa Yaozō II

    Memorial portrait of actor Ichikawa Yaozō II
    Katsukawa Shundō
    Japan, 1777
    CBL J 2628

    7 / 12

  • Image of a Japanese print showing Plum garden at Kameido from 100 famous views of Edo

    Plum garden at Kameido from 100 famous views of Edo
    Utagawa Hiroshige
    Japan, 1857
    CBL J 2693

    8 / 12

  • Image of a Japan printed book called Picture book contest of beauties of the green houses

    Picture book contest of beauties of the green houses
    Suzuki Harunobu
    Japan, 1770
    CBL J 1653

    9 / 12

  • Image of a Japanese print showing Actor Ichikawa Danjūrō II as Sanada Yoichi

    Actor Ichikawa Danjūrō II as Sanada Yoichi
    Torii Kiyomasu II
    Japan, 1725
    CBL J 2431

    10 / 12

  • Image of a Japanese print showing Kaminarimon gate at Kannon temple, Asakusa

    Kaminarimon gate at Kannon temple, Asakusa
    Tamagawa Shūchō
    Japan, c. 1795
    CBL J 2656

    11 / 12

  • Image of a Japanese print showing Celebrating good harvests from the series Niwaka Festival in the green houses

    Celebrating good harvests from the series Niwaka Festival in the green houses
    Katsukawa Shunzan
    Japan, c. 1793
    CBL J 2635

    12 / 12

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Monday to Friday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:45am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:30pm


Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb
Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec


Admission is Free
Suggested donation €5

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